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Peanut butter oatmeal dark chocolate chip cookies ...

On first bite, I was so excited about sharing these cookies/this recipe I was like a panting puppy, or at least a preschooler.  Then we went on vacation, and even though I’d loaded a blank draft up with images with intent to write a few quick notes, sharing didn’t happen. Of course when we got back, I had to bake another batch, to remind myself of the many and specific notes of yumminess. Of course. Batch two...

Vegan chickpea tacos with peach mango salsa and av...

Who doesn’t love tacos? Apparently no one, in America, at least. Last year, Americans allegedly ate over 4.5 BILLION tacos. So, one can probably pretty safely assume that tacos are pretty awesome. Except, I usually don’t like them, being a weirdo, unless they are actually burritos. Until recently, with this vegan chickpea version that changed everything. What’s not to like about tacos, really? Well, for me,...

Oatmeal chickpea blender pancakes (GF, dairy-free)

When a friend asked me for thoughts on making over a cottage cheese blender pancake recipe that eliminated the cottage cheese/dairy, she had no idea what she was in for. As in, what kind of geeked-out, rapid, pinball firing momentum she was kicking off. Ten rambling, overly enthusiastic, stream-of-consciousness Facebook messages or so within ten minutes or less later, however, and I think I did a pretty good job of fixing...

Thai-inspired roasted pepper socca “pizza...

Socca “pizza” no. 2. A little overdue. Little F and I have been traveling, braving our first flight without (and sorely missing) Daddy to visit Ammy, Pop Pop, Aunties, and little baby Clara (finally) over Mother’s Day weekend. Little guy was amazing!  His exuberance and energy; his radiant joy with his grandma, wide-eyed curiosity and proud sharing with his grandpa; playful coyness with the aunties, and...

Vegan socca “pizza”: roasted asparagus...

Have you tried socca yet? Because I’m about to sound very starry-eyed and naive about it, which might bore the connoisseur. If you haven’t, think about it. It is SO easy and SO awesome. SO much so, I’ve been repeating myself about it all week since first trying (for the first two times–Thai-inspired version coming up next), yet it’s taken me awhile to begin recording the recipes. I wanted time...

Honey BBQ tempeh salad

Writing up the salad part of this recipe feels a little frivolous somehow, with my own voice taunting, like you need a recipe?! Because this is truly such a “whatever’s left in the fridge” sort of salad that happens to be great topped with yummy tempeh cooked in a simple barbeque sauce. The latter being what this post is really for: “sauce” which feels more like seasoning. A few ingredients pull...

Baked (Captain America) cauliflower and corn fritt...

Fritters, patties, or maybe even burgers…I’m not sure what’s the most fitting description for this recipe. One thing I am sure of, whatever term I use, it’s going to be preceded with “Captain America’s”. Little Sous Chef has been giving me secret giggles with the quirkiness of some of his ideas and preferences lately. One, he loves Captain America right now–Captain America being...

Easy gluten-free (or not) apple cinnamon waffles

These waffles. They could nudge me to eating fully gluten-free (although they are just as persuasive made with whole wheat flour). They are fluffy and light yet hearty, with that just-crisp on the outside texture craved in a waffle.  Unsweetened applesauce cuts out the need for any oil (unless you want to add some, they’ll be a tad bit denser); just be on the ready to give your iron a coat of cooking spray in between...

Roasted cauliflower and quinoa salad with tahini d...

How long do we get to say phrases like  “40 is the new 30” before the “new” expires? Personally, I hope never. Or that, in this particular case, we just keep pushing up the digits…50, 60, 90. It doesn’t feel like that long ago I was staring at a “whole quarter of a century” as if it was so old, but it was. In any case, the real reason I’m even wondering is that in a...

Healthy vegan shamrock shake

I’m not apologizing, but this post feels as much sham as shamrock. Not trying to be witty with the play on words, either…only the connection couldn’t be ignored. What I mean is, I have let this blog sit post-less for too long, and this is only a check-in that barely exceeds a text. On the flip side, I love this version of a shamrock shake, and who doesn’t love texting, or at least love the option of...

Lemon blueberry corn flour muffins (GF, vegan)

I’m a tad bit chagrined to be sharing yet another “bald cupcake” (two posts back-to-back)…but not really. Any reluctance is only down to self-consciousness about fortifying the appearance of being a girl who consistently craves cake. Only this bald cupcake, aka muffin, is so lovely and fragrant, lightly lemony and just right in its balance of good crumb, while also being gluten-free, vegan, naturally...

Chocolate quinoa muffin-cupcakes (gluten-free, dai...

Comedian Jim Gaffigan pretty much nailed it when he described a muffin as a “bald cupcake”. (Don’t you just love that guy? Especially the voices?) Mostly nailed it. When it comes to muffins, packaged ones especially, it should be a hard sell to categorize as breakfast, except for the excuse to eat cake. But, there are always outliers. Sometimes the muffin-cupcake connection is sumptuously initiated the...